The Law at Work: Is terminating a severely overweight employee disability discrimination?
A long-time at-will employee of the Berkeley Tennis Club was fired, she claimed, because new club manager disapproved of her severe obesity. The club’s stated reason for firing her was a belief that she had planted a recording device at a board meeting. The employee sued and, in late December, the court of appeal ruled that she was entitled to have most, though not all, of her claims decided by a jury. In his The Law at Work column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Shareholder Dan Eaton highlights key lessons from the court’s 42-page opinion.
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